A picturesque town in Kerala’s Kollam district, Nilamel is 44 km away from its capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. It derived its name from the Malayalam word nilam meaning paddy field, as this area is full of paddy fields and is also the rice bowl of the neighbouring areas. This lush green town is close to Varkala (28 km), making it even more alluring.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Nilamel. However, Varkala (28 km) has a number of options, including Karthika Plaza Resort (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Woodhouse Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.800) and Hill View Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
Malayalam is the official language of Nilamel. English is also spoken and understood.
People in Nilamel celebrate Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are several places to visit in and around Nilamel. Some of the places worth visiting are Kadakkal (6 km), Attingal (21 km), Varkala (28 km), Varkala Beach (29 km) and Kappil Beach (30 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport, which is 49 km away.
Kollam Railway Station (39 km away) is the nearest major railhead connecting this town to other cities.
There are buses from Kollam, Varkala and Thiruvananthapuram. People of this region depend mostly on state-run buses. You can get discount on bus booking if you log on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking portal.
Previously called Palghat, Palakkad town happens to be the seventh most populated place in the state of Kerala. It serves as the gateway to Kerala and is blessed with many rivers and tributaries. There are several schools, colleges, temples and churches found here. According to the 2011 census, the average literacy rate in Palakkad is around 81%. The place is well connected by rail, road and air. The Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway 213 passes through this district.
Budget Hotels in Palakkad
There are good budget hotels in Palakkad. Some of these are the Surya City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), The Kududs Emerald (Tariff – Rs. 750 onwards), Kairali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Kapilavasthu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Palakkad is Malayalam. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi and Tamil.
Events in Palakkad
The important events in Palakkad are Chittur Konanpada,held in February/March, Pavakkoothuin March/April and Kalpathi Rathotsavam in November.
Places to See in Palakkad
There are several tourist attractions in and around Palakkad. Some of these places include Jainmedu (2.5 km), Malampuzha Garden (10 km), Fantasy Park (10 km), Malampuzha Dam (12 km), Palakkad Fort (13 km), Thiruvalathoor temple (10 km) and Dhoni Hills (21.8 km.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is approximately 62 km away.
Palakkad Junction is the nearest railway station which is centrally located, just 4 km away from the main city.
There are bus services to Palakkadfrom Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kallada Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sona Travels. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.